Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Barry’s Buzz by Barry Epstein – Dec. 23, 2010

Word has it that the Mizner Park Theatres will be closing by the second week in January. Frank Theatres, which had taken over the operation from Sunrise Theatres and originally was an AMC theatre, could not come to agreement with the owners of the Park who wanted millions of dollars in upgrades, including new seats, new screens, new projectors, etc. The closing should bode well for the new Living Room Theaters off Glades Road on the campus of FAU, as well as the Cinemark Theatres on Airport Road, both close by to Mizner Park.
State Representative Bill Hager (R- Boca Raton) signed on as a co-sponsor to the Florida Health Care Freedom Act (HJR 1) sponsored by Representative Scott Plakon (R-Longwood). The Health Care Freedom Act proposes an amendment to the state constitution that prohibits Floridians from incurring fines and penalties if they choose to opt out of the national healthcare plan passed by Congress last year.
Tune in tomorrow to barry epstein live at 10 a.m. on www.wrpbitv.com. Guests include Morrie Zryl discussing the top ten movies of the year and Oscar potentials, Florida Stage’s Michael Gepner, on the current show Goldie, Max and Milk; MobileSource’s Ed Kissell, Zavee Coo Ron Stack, and Sun-Sentinel columnist Kingley Guy, among others.
Clybourne Park opens the 2011 season at the Caldwell Theatre Jan. 2. Caldwell Theatre Company is the longest running regional theater in South Florida. The 2010-
2011 Mainstage Season celebrates the 36th Season. The theater has 333 seats with no
obstructions and no seat is over 60 feet from the stage. You’ll feel as if you’re watching a
performance from your living room. All donations are 100% tax deductable. Caldwell Theatre Company is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, Call 561.241.7432 for ticket information or visit www.caldwelltheatre.com.
.The Ultimate Jersey Boys tribute concert, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons will be the Temple Beth Shira fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. in the Countess de Hoernle Theatre at Spanish River High School. Call 912-1453 for the $35 tickets.
The West Boca Chamber of Commerce 7:30 a.m. breakfast at Boca Lago Country Club, sponsored by West Boca Medical Center will feature noted motivator Bob Burg on
Further information is on the website at www.westbocachamber.com. RSVP to info@westbocachamber or call 561.482.9333 for further information.
The Jewish War Veterans of Palm Beach County are holding their next meeting on January 16th, 2011 at 9 a.m at the Hagan Ranch Road Fire Station north of Atlantic Ave on the west side of Hagen Ranch Road in Delray Beach . New Veterans members from all WARS are welcomed as well as regular members. Free Coffee, Bagels etc. included. Cpl. Burt Richards of The Veterans Speakers Forum for educating School students will speak on the accomplishments the veterans have had since last meeting. The programs are designed to educate the students in Palm Beach County Schools and more speakers are needed. Friends and guests are welcomed. For more information, call 561-734-4527.
FAU’s Living Room Theatre is showing the best of the movies. This past week they screened include: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and Related Fields, Wasteland and White Material.
Movies opening this week at other theatres include Little Fockers, True Grit, Gulliver’s Travels, Somewhere, Oy Vey, My Son is Gay, The Illusionist and the Kings Speech.
As he pushed a cart containing all his belongings, no one could have guessed what was about to take place when they saw a homeless man arrive at the front door of the Animal Care and Control shelter with two dogs in tow. Staff watched as Richard, aka “Florida,” delivered more than 1,000 pounds of dog food. He arrived with his dogs Brutus and Lila, who all walked from 6th Avenue South and Congress Avenue to the shelter located at 7100 Belvedere Road, west of the Florida Turnpike. Richard made the 10-mile trek to donate food for the homeless dogs in the shelter. This well-known man, who has no home, was given dog food by generous dog lovers and walked all the way to Animal Care and Control to make a donation for the shelter dogs. He said he welcomed the opportunity to help homeless animals in need. After all, ’tis the season for giving. After making his donation and wishing everyone “happy holidays” with a big smile, Richard began the barefoot journey back to Lake Worth. We can all learn a lesson from this compassionate man, for angels indeed walk among us. We just have to look with kinder eyes to see them.
A very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the holiday with their friends and loved ones.
Barry Epstein, APR, is a noted public relations, marketing and political consultant based in Boca Raton, and is president of the West Boca Chamber of Commerce (www.westbocachamber.com), with a weekly internet television show on www.wrpbitv.com. His website is www.publicrelations.nu and his email is pr@publicrelations.nu. His blog is on the Sun-Sentinel Jewish Journal site: http://barrys-journal.blogspot.com/. You can friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/barryepstein or follow him on Twitter @cme4pr. Fax items for the column to 561.451.0000 or email to: bocaspindoctor@gmail.com.

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